Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther (Understanding the Bible Commentary Series)

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Baker Books, Jul 1, 2012 - Religion - 304 pages
Ezra-Nehemiah is the Old Testament equivalent of the Acts of the Apostles--it is a book of new beginnings. Just as Acts narrates the early history of the church through the work of the apostles, Ezra-Nehemiah narrates the re-establishment of the people of God after the exile through the work of Sheshbazzar, Zerubbabel, Ezra, and Nehemiah. Allen explores Ezra-Nehemiah as a single literary text made up of three parts telling the story of three missions and the opposition they meet with. Wise and insightful, Leslie Allen has written a commentary that illuminates these texts and their intended message.

Esther is a story about a young girl who becomes queen. Laniak's thoughtful commentary examines this narrative as a story with many levels of meaning. Esther is about the minority Jewish community in the dependent state of Diaspora, navigating a precarious existence in two worlds, and it is about the triumph of right over wrong, of God's people over their enemies.
 

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A good overview of Ezra - Esther.

User Review  - RICHARD HOLT - Christianbook.com

Allen wrote the material addressing Ezra and Nehemiah. Laniak wrote the section on Esther. Both authors have provided a solid overview of books they cover in this volume. I found the end-notes to be ... Read full review

A good overview of Ezra - Esther.

User Review  - RICHARD HOLT - Christianbook.com

Allen wrote the material addressing Ezra and Nehemiah. Laniak wrote the section on Esther. Both authors have provided a solid overview of books they cover in this volume. I found the end-notes to be ... Read full review

Contents

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1 The Background to Nehemiahs Mission Neh
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Esther
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Mordecais Plan
For Further Reading
Scripture Index
Notes
Copyright

8 Preparations for Consolidating the City Neh

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About the author (2012)

Leslie C. Allen is professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has written many books, including commentaries on Ezekiel, 1 and 2 Chronicles, and Psalms.

Timothy S. Laniak is associate professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte. He is the author of Shame and Honor in the Book of Esther.

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